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Sri Lanka include Siriwardana, Mendis in Test squad

Sri Lanka include Siriwardana, Mendis in Test squad
Milinda Siriwardana has been included in the Sri Lankan Test squad to face West Indies.
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The Sri Lankan selectors have included batting all-rounder Milinda Siriwardana and wicket-keeper Kusal Mendis in the Test squad for the upcoming two-match series against West Indies.

The 29-year-old Siriwardana recently made his international debut in the series against Pakistan earlier in July whereas the 20-year-old Mendis has been the captain of the Sri Lankan under-19 team.

Mendis has also taken part in this year’s Moin-ud-Dowlah tournament in India for the Sri Lanka Development XI where he impressed with scores of 156, 52 and 47 from the three games.

Making way for the duo are senior players Upul Tharanga and Jehan Mubarak as Sri Lanka look to build their team with an eye on the future.

Sri Lankan chief selector, Kapila Wijegunawardana opined that all the selectors are backing the young Mendis to succeed in the Test matches against West Indies.

"Kusal Mendis has been on our radar for a while.

"We felt that he earned a spot in the Test squad with the way he has been batting, and the way he batted on the recent tour to India.

“All the selectors have assessed his skill levels to be quite good and are backing him."

Angelo Mathews will lead the side with Lahiru Thirimanne as his deputy whereas the core of the batting line-up remains the same from the series against India.

Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva will be the first choice opening batsmen whereas Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera and Mendis offer wicket-keeping options.

Suranga Lakmal, who missed the series against India due to a side strain has been named in the squad whereas Shaminda Eranga has been left out due to a groin injury.

Despite the ban on his doosra, Tharindu Kaushal is picked for the series alongside fellow spinners Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera.

The two match Test series will get underway with the first match in Galle on 14th October, whereas the second game will be played in Colombo between 22nd and 26th October.

Sri Lanka squad for West Indies Tests:

Angelo Mathews (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-capt), Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Tharindu Kaushal, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera.

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